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Pennsylvania Teacher Evaluations Will Be Tied To Schools' Test Scores

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Eleanor Chute | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

When the new statewide teacher evaluation system takes effect next fall, teachers will be judged not only on how they do in their own classrooms but o...

Party Like It's 1918 -- Values Over Tests

Glen Lineberry | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

The disconnect between what standardized testing measures and what schools are really about -- preparing students to be lifelong learners, developing minds, educating citizens to continue the Republic -- is confusing enough. What really gets my goat, though, is that this was all figured out nearly a century ago.

Rick Scott's Education Plan: Debit Cards For Teachers

The Orlando Sentinel | Leslie Postal | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

Gov. Rick Scott wants all Florida teachers to get state-funded debit cards they can use to purchase school supplies many now pay for with their own mo...

Keeping Faith With the Kids: An Interview With Jonathan Kozol

Michael Busch | Posted 12.25.2012 | Books
Michael Busch

I recently talked with Kozol about his new book, the privatization of public schools in the United States, the education policies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the lives of his closest friends in the world -- the children of Fire in the Ashes.

Lesson From Chicago: We Need Resources and Accountability to Avoid a Two-Tiered Education System

Amy B. Dean | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Amy B. Dean

If we're serious about fixing the long-term problems in the schools, we should take a careful look at each of these, determining how they should shape the roles of all players in the system -- be they administrators, teachers, parents, or politicians.

Scrutinizing Schooling

Kimberly Tan | Posted 12.25.2012 | Teen
Kimberly Tan

Perhaps education has been neglected because politicians don't believe in its value, or because the rise of corporations means the death of free expression and critical thinking that schools promote.

How Do We Overcome Racial Stereotypes To Create A Fair, Effective Education System?

Posted 12.24.2012 | Education

Idaho last week became the 34th state to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind, the sweeping Bush-era education law that sought to make all stude...

Let's Be Grown Ups When We Talk About Education

Tim Krepp | Posted 12.19.2012 | DC
Tim Krepp

Education is one of the toughest issues facing our city and our region so it's critical we engage in an honest conversation about it as we move forward.

Boy Kicked Out Of School For His Genetic Makeup

Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

Colman Chadam, an 11-year-old California boy, has been ordered to transfer from his current school to another one miles away because of his genetic ma...

Reinstate the Draft... in Modified Form

Allan Brawley | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Would this be an enormous undertaking? Certainly. But the country badly needs some nation-building at home and, aside from its goal of having us share the burden of military service, this could make a significant contribution to that process.

Majority Of Wisconsin's School Districts Getting Less Funding This Year

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

About two-thirds of Wisconsin's school districts will see a drop in state funding this year, marking the second of a two-year, $834 million education ...

High School Principles

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

What we need the most is a comprehensive reform of public education that is attentive to raising the ceiling but that does not accomplish this worthy goal by making it even more likely that we will leave many a child behind.

Election Day Is About Change and Saying 'Thank You'

Wayne Maines | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

As our White House visit ended I thought about the time spent with our nation's leaders. Reflecting on the discussions, I realized that we had expended a great deal energy and emotion over two days.

The 10 Best State Schools

Posted 12.17.2012 | College

Want to go to college in your state but don't want to break the bank? You might want to check out your local state college. (Although, you still migh...

Them's That Got Shall Have: Criminalizing Parents Who Steal Free Education

Tressie McMillan Cottom | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education
Tressie McMillan Cottom

To charge a parent with "stealing" public education is to admit that not all schools are created equal. Do we really believe that school districts would hire private investigators if the parent were enrolling her student in a school poorer than the one in her home district?


Kevin McCrea | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Kevin McCrea

America is no longer an honest country. The left is not honest. The right is not honest. The top is not honest. The bottom is not honest. I am not honest. You are not honest.

Teachers Matter: What I Learned at UNESCO's World Teachers' Day in Paris

Dan Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

As the international consensus suggests, we must put all the resources we can into investing in the village it takes to raise quality teachers.

Stretching New York's Public Education Dollar

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Carol Kellermann

As pressure mounts to increase school aid in the next state budget, state leaders should focus less on increasing spending and more on redirecting existing funds to better meet student needs.

Stop, or You're Getting a Time Out! A Parent's Plea to Molly Munger and Gov. Jerry Brown

Crystal Brown | Posted 10.11.2012 | Education
Crystal Brown

As the November election nears, I am absolutely appalled and heartbroken as I watch the teams behind Ms. Munger's Proposition 38 and Gov. Brown's Proposition 30 campaigns continue to take aim at each other.

We Can Not Fairly Evaluate Teachers Without First Evaluating Parents

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

You would think I would embrace an evaluation system that would ultimately lead to a merit-pay system that would reward me, and other successful teachers, for my success in the classroom... but I don't.

Texas School To Students: Wear Tracking ID Or 'There Will Be Consequences'

Posted 12.08.2012 | Education

Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antonio rolled out its new "smart" IDs that tracks students' geographic locations, the commun...

More Campuses Freeze Or Cut Tuition As Backlash Continues

| Jon Marcus | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. As public anger over college costs continue, and legislators in some st...

Chicago Teachers Union Votes To Approve 3-Year Contract

AP | Posted 10.04.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluati...

October 3rd Counts

Ed Schmidt | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
Ed Schmidt

Woody Allen famously said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." For school districts across the state of Michigan, this Wednesday proves the wisdom of that statement.

Teen Sent Home For Wearing 'I Enjoy Vagina' T-Shirt

Posted 10.04.2012 | Education

"They use the word in class -- why can't I, on a shirt?"